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Kate Mosse: my skill is storytelling, not literary fiction

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Kate Mosse pictured in the Covent Garden Hotel, London. Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer

Kate Mosse pictured in the Covent Garden Hotel, London. Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer

The bestselling author explains how, through creativity and connecting with readers, novelists can still thrive in a digital age.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Aspiring writers learn a lot from the Greats. The forefather of modern fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien has influenced many authors with his Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other works. You can also learn a lot from Tolkien’s life, from studying his habits and techniques that enabled him to write brilliantly.

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QUOTES FOR WRITERS FROM ERNEST HEMINGWAY

578_original-243x300Today marks the 115th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth. In his lifetime, Papa had quite a lot to say about writing. Here are 18 of our favorite quotes, in no particular order.

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John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter

If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

steinbeckalifeinletters.jpgNobel laureate John Steinbeck (1902-1968) might be best-known as the author of East of EdenThe Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men, but he was also a prolific letter-writer. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters constructs an alternative biography of the iconic author through some 850 of his most thoughtful, witty, honest, opinionated, vulnerable, and revealing letters to family, friends, his editor, and a circle of equally well-known and influential public figures.

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Best literary put-downs: Margaret Mitchell tops poll ahead of Jane Austen and Shakespeare

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When it comes to witty, often stinging put-downs in literature, Margaret Mitchell is the boss. A new poll of 2,000 adults crowned the late US author queen of the verbal “burn” for a famous line uttered by Rhett Butler in her 1936 classic Gone with the Wind.

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Do women matter in Hemingway’s world?

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What kind of a writer would Hemingway be if he were living today? Definitely a hard-drinking one, carousing all hours when he wasn’t dodging bullets in Syria or Iraq. He’d doubtless feature on Granta’s list of 20 best American writers under 40 – he was a mega star by 30. And he’d probably still be an inveterate womaniser.

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You Are What You Read: Bookshelves of Famous People

You Are What You Read: Bookshelves of Famous People

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